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Processing product shots requires a slightly different set of skills than retouching portraits. But with Photoshop and the techniques shown in this course, you can take raw photos of any product—jewelry or electronics—and turn them into ad-ready images. Follow along with Kevin Stohlmeyer, as he color corrects and retouches photos and then makes them pop off the screen with silhouettes, realistic highlights and shadows, and vibrant color. He also shares a series of Photoshop actions and other automation techniques he uses to speed up his workflow.
One common way to speed up the retouching process, is by utilizing Actions inside of Adobe Photoshop. For this movie, we will resize the shot here, and record this to be used inside of the rest of our series of images for the web. I'm going to start by opening up my Actions panel, found under Window > Actions. Inside of here, I'm going to create a folder. And then, create a new action by clicking the Create New Action button at the bottom of the panel. It'll ask me to name this so I'm going to call this Image Resize.
And you can be as specific as you want about this. If this is resizing to a particular pixel dimension feel free to add that in. I'm going to make sure that it goes into my personal set and hit Record. Now anything that I do inside of Photoshop will be recorded for automation later on. So I'm simply going to go to Image > Image Size and set up a size dimension change. I have my image set to pixels and I know for the website my width can only be 600 pixels. So I'm going to type in 600 pixels. Now, if I'm in Photoshop CS6 or CC my resample is going to be set to automatic.
If I'm in an earlier version of Photoshop, I need to specifically choose Bicubic Sharper, if I'm reducing the image. My resolution is going to change to 72 pixels per inch, because it's a web graphic. 600 pixels wide, and hit OK. That's going to record my action. After I've completed this, simply hit stop in the actions panel to stop recording your action. Now to test this, close your image, don't save it, and re-open. Then go back to your Image Resize and click Play, and it appears to work appropriately.
I'm going to double check my image size to make sure that the recording happened as planned, 600 pixels wide, 72 pixels, bicubic sharper. So this is a simple action that I can record. We're going to utilize this function a little later on when we talk about conditional actions and applying these two mass automated features.
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